As someone who enjoys cycling through the scenic areas of Oregon, you probably already recognize that there are dangers to your life when you're on the road. Cars sometimes pass too closely; they speed up to get around you or slow down at the last minute after failing to see you.
It's not your responsibility to make sure a driver isn't distracted while driving. You're taking the time to watch the road and obey the rules, so they should, too. When drivers don't pay attention, though, accidents like this one can take place and cost the lives of others. If you find yourself in a similar situation, it's important to remember that there are ways to fight back and recoup the expenses you'll have in the weeks and years to come.
Two bicyclists were recently hit by a vehicle in Newberg, and the police have reported that they are investigating the incident to determine why the cyclists were struck. According to the news, the cyclists were riding at the intersection of North Valley and Dopp Roads when a RAV 4 struck them from behind while approaching the intersection.
After the cyclists were hit, the 44-year-old cyclist was killed. She died at the scene. The other bicyclist was a 60-year-old man who was severely injured. He had to be flown to Oregon Health and Science University for the treatment of his critical injuries. His health information has not been updated recently.
The driver of the SUV suffered a minor injury in the collision; the 71-year-old woman has cooperated with police. Police have reported that they didn't believe impairment was an issue that caused the collision.
Source: KGW.com, "1 bicyclist killed, another injured in Newberg crash," Sep. 09, 2015